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United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2009                                         PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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            TYLER, TX – U.S. Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory announced today that a 25-year-old Longview man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas. 

            BRONSON BENARD BELL pleaded guilty on Oct. 29, 2008, to possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and was sentenced today to 46 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis. 

            According to information presented in court, since approximately January 2006, Bell was part of a drug distribution ring dealing crack cocaine to others in and around the Longview, Texas area.  An 87-count federal superseding indictment was returned on May 13, 2008, charging 29 individuals, including Bell, with federal crimes. 

            This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the East Texas HIDTA Violent Crimes Task Force, the Gregg County C.O.D.E. Unit, the Gregg County Sheriff's Office, the Longview Police Department, the Gregg County District Attorney's Office, and the Kilgore Police Department.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Richard L. Moore.


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